‘What a proud day for my boy’: Robbie Savage bursts with pride as his son Charlie comes on for his Manchester United debut while he was commentating… having earlier admitted he was ’tearing up’ when he was named on the bench
- Man United played Young Boys in their final Champions League group clash
- Ralf Rangnick named six youngsters in the squad for the tie at Old Trafford
- Robbie Savage’s son, Charlie, 18, was amongst the kids given a chance to shine
- He then came onto the pitch while his dad commentated on special moment
Robbie Savage watched his son Charlie make his Manchester United debut while he commentated in a special and emotional moment on Wednesday night in their clash with Young Boys.
Savage admitted earlier in the night that he was ‘tearing up’ after his son Charlie was named amongst the substitutes for the final group game in the Champions League.
And then Ralf Rangnick gave the 18-year-old the nod as he came on for Juan Mata, thrilling his father in the commentary box for BT Sport.
Charlie Savage came on for Manchester United and the 18-year-old was watched by his father Robbie in the BT Sport commentary box on Wednesday night
Savage came on for Juan Mata to the delight of his father who was emotional
Savage will no doubt remember the moment forever after coming off the bench
Savage Sr said: ‘Coming on for Manchester United, Charlie Savage for Juan Mata. Wow. I never believed I’d ever say those words here at Manchester United.
‘What a proud day for my boy. For all the hard work – what a day for me, his mother, his nanna, his grandparents and most importantly for that boy there, Charlie Savage.
‘I’m so proud of him. It’s just an amazing moment for him. Coming on for a World Cup winner!
Charlie, who put pen-to-paper on a professional contract with the Red Devils back in April, looked assured after coming on for his big moment.
The 18-year-old midfielder has come through the youth ranks and was named alongside fellow teammates Bjorn Hardley, 18, Charlie Wellens, 19, Sam Mather, 17, Zidane Iqbal, 18, and Shola Shoretire, 17, the latter had already played for the first team.
Charlie’s father, Robbie, spoke to presenter Jake Humphrey when he heard the news that his son is amongst the substitutes before the game.
‘I’m starting to tear up because Charlie has achieved so much in his young life,’ he said.
‘He’s never been top of the class but his application, his work ethic and desire has got him to where he is.
‘My father who’s sadly not with us would be looking down proud of his grandson. He’s done it on his own and all the coaches have played a huge part so I’m absolutely delighted.
The midfielder looked keen to make an impression when he came on in the second half
Savage came on alongside Zidane Iqbal as Rangnick used the youth available to him
‘If he gets on to grace the Theatre of Dreams, his nana at home will be in tears now. He’s a great kid and he’ll do everything.
‘He’s a great player and has a wonderful left foot. He can run and I think he’s the second fittest at the club. Take it all in because he’s one very lucky boy but a boy who’s worked incredibly hard.’
Rangnick, who is in interim charge, may well give academy players the chance to experience competitive first team action as part of their development in the coming months.
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